By Chris Sands
It is Cabo San Lucas’ signature structure and an essential landmark for visitors who will never be lost as long as they orient themselves to the colonial-style tower, which is not only visible along the entire stretch of the marina boardwalk, but also throughout the downtown tourist district.
Puerto Paraiso is the most ambitious and important of all the commercial spaces in Cabo San Lucas, an enormous shopping center with two distinct faces. The first, its sleek lines suggesting a bell curve, looks out upon the city streets and the long stretch of bars and clubs along Lazaro Cardenas. The second, the inward arching face, its features guarded by swaying palms and a cascading fountain, peers out over the pleasure craft crowding the marina’s succession of numbered docks.
The mall itself is a mixture of shopping and dining, air-conditioned emporiums and open-air terraces, as well as an outdoor entertainment plaza that occupies a privileged corner of the Malecon. Along with the ultra-premium boutiques of Luxury Avenue, this portion of the boardwalk is known as the Marina Golden Zone, and is considered the most prestigious and sought after stretch of retail space in all of Los Cabos. The central location places the mall within easy walking distance for guests staying at large resorts on Medano Beach, and also makes it easily accessible for visiting cruise ship passengers.
The indoor shopping area features stores catering to virtually every vacation need, from resort clothing and hats to swimwear and sunglasses. Popular local boutiques like Cabo Style and Tropica Calipso have shops at Puerto Paraiso, and there are plenty of well-known chain stores represented, including Tommy Bahama, Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole, and Lacoste.
Several of the city’s best restaurants, such as Senor Sweets and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, are located at Puerto Paraiso, with terrace seating a popular option for people watchers, sun worshippers, and those who want to watch the fishing boats bringing in the day’s catch. Beer lovers may want to sample the draft selections at Baja Brewing Company, while burger aficionados keep cool by the soda fountain at Johnny Rockets.
In addition to fashionable boutiques and an array of excellent restaurant options, the mall offers an eclectic mix of goods and services, ranging from coffee and ice cream shops to jewelry stores and art galleries. Visitors can enjoy movies in either English or Spanish at the 10-screen cinema, or get a bet down on the latest sporting event at the onsite casino.
There truly is something for everyone at this expansive shopping complex, which reaches across three levels, with over 50,000 square feet of commercial sprawl. The marina-side entertainment plaza even hosts activities and events, from concerts and wine tastings to larger gatherings like the annual Cabo Marine Show, which showcases all the latest maritime gadgets and nautical toys.
How to get there: Puerto Paraiso is on Avenue Lazaro Cardenas, across from Leona Vicario. The shopping center is also accessible from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., although individual store hours may vary. Parking is available, and costs 15 pesos per day. The entrance to the parking lot is near the Marina Fiesta Hotel, and is accessible from the Paseo de la Marina.
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